The 4th annual Animal Film Festival
ALL FILMS ARE INTENDED FOR A MATURE AUDIENCE.
SOME OF THE FILMS MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
Red Asterisk INDICATE FILMS WITH GRAPHIC CONTENT.
Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project, are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections.
D. A.Pennebaker, USA
1 hr. 31 min. FEATURE
The Vervet Forest tells the story of five orphaned baby Vervet monkeys rescued by compassionate humans in South Africa. The ever-evolving landscape of South Africa sparks conversations about the causes of monkey habitat destruction, the role of humans in a struggling ecosystem, and how understanding the connection between ourselves and our environment can inspire positive action.
Kyle Salazar, USA
1 hr. 11 min.
Love Unleashed is a short documentary that explores the deep emotional bond between humans and their beloved senior dogs. Through a series of honest and poignant interviews we get a glimpse into the unique and powerful relationships that people share with their treasured companions as they reflect on what it means to love unconditionally.
Kacey Klonsky, USA
Called to Rescue offers a beautiful and inspiring glimpse into the ubridled compassion on fifteen farm animal sanctuaries throughout the US. The rescued farm animals, simply by being who they are, are changing lives, lifestyles, and beliefs on both sides of the fence. The humans, many of whom dramatically altered the course of their lives because of a connection with a farm animal, are dedicated beyond words.
Naomi Call and Loghan Call, USA
1 hr., 14 minutes FEATURE
Waterfowl(ed) addresses how current household habits within our communities harm local wildlife. While investigating carelessness within waterfowl environments in Wilmington, North Carolina, the film focuses on the selfless efforts of bird rehabilitation organizations. To prevent future wildlife casualties, this documentary educates viewers on common issues such as the improper disposal of fishing equipment, lead poisoning, animal cruelty, pollution of retention ponds, and the disease, Angel Wing. Grace Combs, USA 14:44 SHORT
Dogs of the 9th Ward sheds light upon the huge stray dog population in sections of New Orleans. Through observational footage and interviews, the film focuses on the fate of a few select dogs as it follows 9th Ward residents and dog rescuers working to better the condition of their community by rehabilitating these once discarded street dogs.
Aimee Bosschart, Silvia Turchin, USA 31:16 SHORT
After a lifetime of service providing milk on a family farm, Maybelle was given a second chance. Instead of sending her to slaughter, the family donated her to the Gentle Barn to live out the rest of her life serving the community in a much different way. Though, her cries revealed an unexpected twist to an already endearing story. Grab some popcorn and tissues and get ready for an emotional roller coaster.
Ellie Laks, USA
Hope the Blind Goat
Watch how a blind goat is rescued and given a happy life on a sanctuary.
Shawn Bannon, USA, 1:56 SHORT
You can help free Lolita. We are 92% of the way to meeting our goal of letters sent to the Miami Seaquarium asking for Lolita's release.
Ian Mcgee and Peter Cambor, starring Peggy Oki, USA, 3:10, SHORT
Their Land: Last of the Caribou Herd
Across Canada, many caribou populations are in deep trouble. In the South Peace region of Northern British Columbia, logging, oil and gas exploration, and coal mining have significantly altered the landscape, opening up the forest and pushing mountain caribou away from their traditional range.
Mike McKinlay, Isabelle Groc, Canada
Through the Thick
With over one thousand South African rhinos killed every year by illegal poaching, their numbers are dwindling fast. Their horn is a valued commodity in the far east, with healing properties that are as miraculous as they are unproven. THROUGH THE THICK takes us not only into the dense South African bush, but also into the thick of an issue that spans continents, cultures and generations.
Nino Leitner, Austria, 14:00 SHORT
Fifi the Bear
Fifi suffered in captivity for more than 30 years. Now she is given a chance to live her remaining days in a sanctuary.
Johnny Vasic, USA
Not Your Average Cat Video stars Sunny, the African Lion, who suddenly finds himself in a New Jersey suburb....this is his story.
Joe Whelski, USA
2:47 FUNNY SHORT
Temple of the Ghost Owl
Hidden in the forests and meadows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the most sensitive and sought-after bird species finds what some consider its last refuge.
Justin Myhre, USA
Lucy is an animated short film telling the true-life story of an unhappily domesticated chimpanzee, and the extreme sacrifices one woman made to set her free.
Elisa Chee, Canada
Wildlife and Meat
Eating meat hurts wild animals too. At the behest of livestock farmers and ranchers, one rogue government agency kills millions of animals each year, including iconic species such as the bald eagle and mountain lion. This video breaks down the issue for viewers in a newsy, compelling format and asks them to consider leaving animals off their plate to spare both domesticated and wild animals from suffering.
Jamie Berger, USA 4:17, SHORT
Reenactment of Tyke's life, a female elephant who became symbol. Her last moments of freedom and detention. Audrey Bauduin, France, 15:00 STUDENT
Dog Side by Side
One dog is left outside in the cold. Another dog is a loved member of his family. See the difference.
Johnny Vasic, USA
This poignant, award-winning documentary short reveals a day in the life at the National Wildlife Property Repository---a little-known 22,000 square-foot warehouse outside of Denver where wildlife items confiscated at US ports of entry are stored.
Allison Otto, USA
On the night of May 14th, 2014, a five-month old miniature pincher puppy fought for his life in what many describe as the worst case of animal torture they had ever observed. The medical team worked tirelessly to save the injured puppy though sadly he could not survive his injuries. Within a few weeks a protest and silent vigil for Puppy Davey Nearly 1,000 people gathered at the courthouse, including local legislators, supervisors, celebrities, newspapers, and television reporters.
Lynne Shaw & Chris Erskin, Producers,
Gretchen Lieff, Executive Producer, USA 6:00 SHORT
Operation Wolf Patrol follows Rod Coronado, the leader of Wolf Patrol, as he endeavors to raise awareness about wolf and bear poaching in northern Wisconsin. The film also explores the issue of WI's new "Hunter Harassment" law– a law that makes it illegal to take photos of hunters on public lands. Joseph Brown, USA 8:49 SHORT
(Not) Another Fashion Film explores a hidden side of the multi-trillion dollar fashion industry. Filmed in New York City, where designers are a dime a dozen and reckless fast-fashion is the status quo, the film follows innovators who see sustainability and ethics not as a specialty, but as business as usual. While mainstream media has previously examined the role of sustainability in fashion, there is still a major piece of the puzzle left unexplored, until now.
Elizabeth Rohe, USA, 19:46 STUDENT
Corky the Orca
Corky the Orca would like to reunite with his family in the wild but there is something standing in the way.
Neel Parekh, USA, 6:00 SHORT
Joe the Chimp
Joe is a preforming chimp who has had a terrible life. Watch him experience freedom.
Johnny Vasic, USA